The Ten Commandments: Exodus 20

In my parish, this week will be Confirmation Sunday for our 8th grade youth.  Part of what they had to learn as a part of confirmation class was the Ten Commandments, because it is the first section of Luther’s Small Catechism.  Even if your children are younger than eighth grade, it never hurts to learn the rules.  Enjoy learning and growing together!

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible (or other children’s or family Bible), Access to the internet, cardstock, markers

Gather:  We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time.  Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable.  My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose!  Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).

Story:  Read the story of the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20 from My First Hands-On Bible or another children’s or family Bible.  If you are using the My First Hands-On Bible, feel free to do the activities described there.  If you don’t have one, check out this version: Exodus 20:1-17

Discuss:  Which of these commandments is the easiest to follow?  The hardest to follow?  Why?  Are there any of these commandments that you want to work harder to follow?  How can your family help you with this?

Song:   The Ten Commandment Song: Here is a song that I wrote and would love to share with you.  When my kids were still learning this, they sang the “I am the Lord Your God” refrain, and I sang the commandments.  We added one every few times until we could switch parts.

Activities:  My older daughter is working on learning to write out numbers, so we traced the Ten Commandment tablets onto card stock and let her cut them out and number them.  Our younger daughters decorated them.  We put them on the shelf next to the television in the living room so that we would remember to work on keeping the commandments.  Here is a picture of the finished products:


Prayer:  (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear God, we thank you helping us to know the rules.  Help us to follow them, and forgive us when we do not.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.